Allies to finalise on NDA nominee for Presidential elections

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Prime Minister  Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah will meet the representatives of the 32 allies of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Pravasi Bhartiya Bhavan on April 10.

The NDA leaders know it well that they will need the support of every party if Modi wants a person of his choice on the President’s chair.

The new President should be elected by July 25 and reports suggest the BJP is already working on the names of the probable candidates, including LK Advani, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu, and Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, M Venkaiah Naidu and SM Krishna.

Despite registering a resounding victory in the recent polls, the BJP is not taking things lightly. Though BJP and Shiv Sena may be experiencing a strained relationship, but Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has confirmed he will attend the meeting and also support the BJP’s choice for President as it now attempts to thaw ties with the BJP. Thackeray will attend the meeting in Delhi at 6 pm, which will focus on the BJP-led NDA’s strategy for the Presidential election in July and the vice-presidential elections in August. The Congress has indicated that it could name its own candidates.

Since each vote is important, Goa and UP Chief Ministers Manohar Parrikar and Yogi Adityanath respectively, who are yet to be elected to their assemblies, have been told not to quit their parliamentary seats. Similarly, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and his Jammu and Kashmir counterpart Mehbooba Mufti will also be present at the meeting.

Meanwhile, a separate meeting between the PM and the Sena chief is likely to happen. Such a meeting would breathe life for both parties who have not-so-good ties in Maharashtra.